Reforming Teacher Education: A First Year Progress Report on Teachers for a New Era

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RAND, 2004 - Education - 150 pages
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Teachers for a New Era (TNE) is an ambitious attempt to reform teacher education in selected institutions across the nation. TNE's goal is to stimulate construction of excellent teacher education programs that are guided by a respect for evidence, are based on close collaboration between education and arts and sciences faculty, and have an integrated classroom component. RAND and MDRC are conducting a national evaluation, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, of the first four TNE grantees: Bank Street College of Education; California State University, Northridge; Michigan State University; and the University of Virginia. The authors provide an overview of the progress each institution made in the first year and some early lessons learned from a cross-site analysis. The report includes such details for each institution as a profile of the institution before it began the initiative, a summary of the design proposal it developed to carry out the reform, a detailed description of its implementation progress, and the state policy contexts against which it is carrying out the reforms.

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Sheila Nataraj Kirby (Ph.D., Economics, George Washington University) is a senior economist at RAND in Washington DC.